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A Very Busy Time By Barbara Hornum, PhD, Director, Drexel Center for Academic Excellence

In February, the Office of Faculty Affairs selected awardees for the 9th cycle of the Career Development Awards (CDAs) teaching program with 12 faculty members from the Physician’s Assistant Program at Drexel. Initiated by PA Director, Patrick Auth, the 2 month long program launched with a kick-off session to provide participants with an understanding of peer review for teaching, to reflect on teaching philosophies, and to begin to establish personal goals and plans for the process. Participants also engaged in a workshop on Effective Classroom Presentations. Over the next two months, participants will work in small teams to converse, observe and reflect on their teaching styles and approaches. The program will culminate in April, when the group meets all back together with Professors Epstein and D’Angelo for an overall debrief and final workshop.

The DCAE continues to provide access to the 20 minute Magna Mentor Commons videos to all university faculty and staff. Since its campus-wide use began in September, 60 members of the Drexel community have utilized the resource, some as many as 18 times, and it will support the Spring Faculty Learning Communities which will be piloted over one quarter to accommodate attendees’ schedules. It is also useful in the Adjunct Faculty Community on BbLearn. To learn more about the topics and availability of these development videos, see the DCAE website under “Useful Publications.”

In January, DCAE staff and several faculty members including adjunct faculty attended a Teaching Conference sponsored by Temple University. This is one example of the conferences the DCAE recommends and often supports on the scholarship of teaching and learning. For a listing of other related conferences, and opportunities for presentations and attendance, see the DCAE website.

In the Winter Quarter, The DCAE held two workshops, one in conjunction with The Writing Center presented by Lisa Farley, titled “Effective Approaches and Strategies for Working with ESL Writers in Your Courses.” Dr. Barbara Hornum presented a workshop titled, “Using Millennial Characteristics to Move from Diversity to Inclusion.” Both of these workshops relate to the dynamic changes facing faculty, academic staff and students as our university continues to grow. In March, Dr. Hornum presented a problem solving interactive session on using Collaborative/Reflective Learning with Diverse Students for Engagement and Empathy at the AAC&U Academic Renewal Conference on Diversity, Learning and Student Success: Shifting Paradigms and Challenging Mindsets.

The DCAE is holding its Spring Portfolio Workshop on April 18 and the 4th Annual Showcase of Teaching on May 18, and continues to work closely with other units on a variety of activities.